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Dive Review of Scuba Cat in
Thailand

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by K C DenDooven, NV, USA
Report Number 1195
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Coral Sea, Solomons, Dominica, Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
87   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None;  Ocean floor was at 130 ft.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I did not do any UWP -- but those who did the conditions were excellent. 
The Dive Master, P J Widestrand, was an excellent video photog, and made
DVDs after the trip -- for sale.  No real need to take photos! I just
enjoyed the marine life.  No film processing lab on boat(s)
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Live-aboard's boat was the Scuba Adventure. The site is world class.  I
plan to go back in 2005. I made a 10-day trip from two 4 dayers -- with a
transferto their Scuba Cat which operates mainly for shorter trips, in the
Similin Island Group.  Then back to the Scuba Adventure for another 4 days.
 This way I went to Richeleau Rock twice.  Seven sightings of Giant Mantas
- up close and personal!. Leopard Sharks. Currents were strong on some
dives.  Begineers migh have problems.  P J (Widestrand) the Dive Master
watched out for everybody in this situation. On one dive he told several to
just hang out on the bow line:  they saw 3 Giant Mantas -- the rest of us
-- saw 2!
   Overall a great trip. Most divers used 3mm suits. I used a tee shirt.
water temp at 130 ft. was 81 F!!!  Nitrox available on Scuba Adv. 
   Point of Live-aboards:  I was on for two trips. First 4 days, very
congenial group from all over.  2nd 4-dayer - a very quiet group almost no
friendly conversations.  
   Note: My experiences was very similar to one you published recently on
another live-aboard out of Phuket.
   The outfit I went with has a web site:  www.Scubacat.com
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